Old Macdonald’s Travelling Farms have a high standard of hygiene. Staff are trained in the importance of keeping cleanliness to an optimum. We use industrial strength disinfectants for the cleaning of all equipment associated with presentations at home on the farm.

Our staff hold a First Aid certificate and carry a first aid kit for scratches and abrasions, though we always recommend that medical advice is sort for any injury.

Children receive a short lecture before entering the farm, which includes the rules of the farm, these are also displayed in the farm enclosure, and that these rules must be followed for the personal safety of everyone. Persons not complying may be asked to leave the enclosure. The talk also includes the correct way to safely pick up and handle the animals.

At all schools, centres and events an Old Macdonald’s Travelling Farms staff member is required to be in the enclosure with the children at all times, monitoring numbers in the pen for safety and security.

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The Risk
What can happen and the result
Existing Controls Additional controls to reduce risks
Children may become unsettled due to lack of interaction with animals and thereby cause ‘follow on’ effect throughout the group Children are watched carefully for any apparent distress as they enter the enclosure. Should any signs of distress be observed, the child is quickly escorted out of the enclosure and given the opportunity to observe the animals through the fencing, allowing the child to feel familiar with the animals Children are re-introduced to the animals by giving them activities within the enclosure (ie apprehensive children who will not feed the animals may wish to groom them and thereby feel comfortable.)
Putting fingers in animals mouth, (may result in a bite on their finger). Staff hold 1st Aid certificates to cope with minor incidents As set out above children are taught how to feed the animals by keeping their hands flat, which allows the animals to lick off the food? Experience staff observe children’s interaction and intervene where necessary. Signs stating that ‘children under 10 may need help feeding the animals’ are displayed Children are reminded of the rules before entering the enclosure and before they commence feeding. Baby animals do not have top front teeth therefore if children do not put their fingers into the mouth they cannot be bitten. Staff are always on hand to offer advice and direction.
Picking up chickens incorrectly may result in children being scratched by the chicken’s claw Before entering the enclosure children are taught how to pick up the chickens. This prevents children from getting scratched or frightened when chickens flap their wings. Children are also taught how to gentle return chickens to the ground. Chicken claws are clipped and their feet are soaked in solution every month which helps soften them
Infection transmission is a livestock factor and is largely dependant on hand hygiene Children are taught the importance of not putting their fingers in their mouths after handling any animal and to wash their hands always after playing with animals. We supply Anti-Bacterial Gel for hand hygiene at the gate with signage to advise where nearest hand washing facilities are.. All animals are drenched, washed and sprayed on a monthly bases in order to minimize any potential infection
Extra Information for Tarp & Straw presentations
  • Faeces – Floor covered with straw to absorb urine
  • Animal escaping – This is a rare incident as the enclosure has a double gate exit

Faeces are constantly removed as soon as possible
– should this happen animals are easily returned to the pen with the offering of feed!


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